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Debbie Harry joins the Dum Dum Girls at Spotify House

Deborah Sengupta

Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 12, 2014

With an excellent new album of gauzy indie pop and a hefty schedule of gigs the Dum Dum Girls came into SXSW with some serious buzz surrounding them. As such, a capacity crowd filled the Spotify House for the group’s 2 p.m. set. Clad in chic post-gothic attire - think all black with plenty of sass and skin - the group didn’t disappoint. Kicking off the set with the dreamy track “Bedroom Eyes” they played a subdued set of post-riot grrl mood pop. The crowd took it all in enthusiastically.

But no one was prepared for the surprise at the end of the set.

“We’re happy to introduce one of our heroes,” lead singer Dee Dee Penny said, and out came came Debbie Harry, wearing a loose-fitting black blouse and a brightly colored floral skirt. She joined the four women and one man in the band for an upbeat take on the Blondie classic “Dreaming” and the crowd went nuts.

It was a brief, the song was over in less than five minutes. Harry embraced the young women who were clearly moved. And then she was gone and the moment faded into magical SXSW memory.